In such esteemed company, I would like to thank the judges at
The BookFest, for not only nominating Assassins Are Us but also awarding silver medals for YA romance and YA humor in addition to an honorable mention for YA mysteries & and thrillers. Thank you, Atmosphere Press, for making my dream become a reality.
I started Assassins Are Us 8 years ago and put it on a shelf, but a year ago, I decided to dust it off and finish the final act. What resulted was a rediscovered passion for writing and a published YA humor, romance, and mystery novel.
As a lifetime reader and evolving writer, I have always enjoyed fiction that left me wishing there was more to read, made me long for a sequel, or kept me thinking about its intricacies long after I turned the last page. My purpose in writing is to provide for an audience who appreciates plot twists, intrigue, and smart dialogue, which I have crafted to carry them to a surprising and satisfying final chapter.
I have been an educator and library director for over 30 years, but I have been a plot junkie my entire life. I value any medium that keeps me guessing and/or thinking throughout any novel, short story, piece of poetry, movie, and the like. I believe this sentiment accurately describes my style of writing.
I live in Saint Charles, Illinois, with my husband, Kyle, and dogs, Hendrix and Janis. Together, we have two grown children: Mitchell (25) and Madelynn (21).